The potential of a shift to cleaner and cheaper sources of renewable energy offers a watershed opportunity for Australia’s economy and health, the Consumers Health Forum said today. CHF has joined the Climate and Health Alliance in signing an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to...
Leanne Wells, Mark Morgan and Leanne Beagley Social prescribing presents a step forward in healthcare. Far from being left behind by the dominating impact of COVID on health thinking, it appears that the pandemic is reinforcing the potential of social prescribing as a spur to improved health care,...
Australia has been given a powerful blueprint for a sweeping overhaul of aged care that must convince the Federal Government of the need for comprehensive and urgent change, the Consumers Health Forum said today. The proposed recommendations of the Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Aged...
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First it was improvement, then it was innovation that we were all doing, now its co-design and co-creation. Specifically, in healthcare it is Experience Based Codesign that everyone is talking about. An enabler for co-design is the practice of genuine collaboration. Interestingly, there are not...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes a new report released today which sets out a national blueprint for support and development of self-care. The blueprint for reform developed by the Mitchell Institute of Victoria University calls for government leadership to spur Australians to take more interest...
The Federal Budget provides for the beginnings of a “revolution” in health care that should be a down payment for wider reforms and investment to meet 21 st century needs, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The Health Minister, Greg Hunt, has described the expansion of telehealth as a ‘revolution in...
More than ever the COVID experience has brought home to us how inextricably the population’s health is linked to economic health. We have seen everyday evidence of how strong public health systems protect people and the economy by reducing the spread of recession-inducing disease. We have also seen...
CHF has undertaken numerous activities during the pandemic to gauge consumer sentiment on federal government initiatives. Among these have been Australia’s Health Panel surveys on telehealth and the COVIDSafe app, and CHF’s establishment of a Consumer Commission to inquire into the lessons of COVID...
Over 30 health groups today released a Joint Statement calling on the federal government to address climate change in the National Preventive Health Strategy, which is currently in development. The Strategy’s Consultation Paper does not include climate change in its six focus areas, nor even...
How can patients and clinicians get a better outcome from health care? It’s a question of central importance never more so than now with health care not only continuing to rise in cost, but also in its power to both benefit and sometimes set back patients. One big solution is enabling patients and...

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